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Necessary Angel Announces Ambitious 2011 Season

From a media release:


Toronto - The 2010-2011 Necessary Angel season is the company's most ambitious to date.  The season offers two shows premiering in June 2011 at Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity; a new multi-disciplinary collaboration between two seminal Canadian artists; a tour to Ottawa; and the debut of Michael Ondaatje's first play in over two decades.

Artistic Director Daniel Brooks, along with Associate Artists Brigitte Haentjens and Graham McLaren, collaborate with some of Canada's finest writers and creators - Peggy Baker, Evie Christie, Louise Dupré, Michael Healey, Daniel MacIvor, and Michael Ondaatje - to continue to create astonishing and thought-provoking theatre.

Divisadero: a performance, a new collaboration between Daniel Brooks and Michael Ondaatje, debuts this winter.  Brooks then teams up with recent Walter Carsen Prize winner Peggy Baker and Governor General's Award winner Michael Healey for Are You Okay, produced by Peggy Baker Dance Projects in association with Necessary Angel.  In June, the company's two Associate Artists, Graham McLaren (director of last season's multiple-Dora-nominated Hamlet) and Brigitte Haentjens (incoming artistic director of the National Arts Centre's French Theatre) premiere two new works commissioned by Luminato: McLaren directs a daring new adaptation of Racine's Andromache, written by Canadian poet and novelist Evie Christie and starring Arsinée Khanjian, while Haentjens brings to Toronto the English-language premiere of her acclaimed creation Tout Comme Elle, featuring a diverse cast of 50 women.  Finally, completing the season is a tour of Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks' This Is What Happens Next to Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre Company in May/June where it will be part of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.


Divisadero: a performance
Text: Michael Ondaatje
Direction: Daniel Brooks, Necessary Angel Artistic Director
Performers: Liane Balaban, Maggie Huculak, Tom McCamus, Amy Rutherford and Justin Rutledge
Songs: Justin Rutledge
Produced in association with The Film Farm
February 8-20, 2011, opening date to be determined
Theatre Passe Muraille's Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto.
For tickets, call 416-504-7529

Are You Okay
Written by Michael Healey
Choreographed by Peggy Baker
Directed by Daniel Brooks
Featuring Peggy Baker and Michael Healey
Produced by Peggy Baker Dance Projects in association with Necessary Angel
Previews March 1-3, 2011, opens March 4, 2011, and runs until March 13, 2011
Factory Studio Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
For tickets, call 416-504-9971

By Jean Racine, Adapted by Evie Christie
Directed by Graham McLaren, Necessary Angel Associate Artist
Featuring Christine Horne, Arsinée Khanjian, Steven McCarthy and Christopher Morris
Commissioned and presented by Luminato
Previews June 10, 2011, opens June 11, 2011, and runs until June 19, 2011
The Theatre Centre, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto.
For tickets, TBA

Tout Comme Elle
Written by Louise Dupré, Translated by Erín Moure
Directed by Brigitte Haentjens, Necessary Angel Associate Artist
Featuring a diverse cast of 50 women
Produced in association with Sibyllines
Commissioned and presented by Luminato
Previews June 13, 2011, opens June 14, 2011, and runs until June 18, 2011
Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East, Toronto.
For tickets, TBA

This Is What Happens Next
Created by Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks
Written and Performed by Daniel MacIvor
Directed and Dramaturged by Daniel Brooks
Previews May 24, 2011, opens May 26, 2011, runs until June 12, 2011
Great Canadian Theatre Company, 1233 Wellington Street West, Ottawa.
To purchase tickets, call 1-613-236-5196

For more information, visit the Necessary Angel website at

• Arsinée Khanjian (PR photo)
• Dharini Woollcombe, Jessican Moss, Joan Kivanda, Amber Mills, Brigitte Haentjens, Jean Yoon in Tout Comme Elle Est
• Daniel McIvor in What Happens Next
About Necessary Angel:
Founded in 1978 and based in Toronto, Canada, Necessary Angel has been an influential and original presence on the national and international theatre scene for over 30 years. Having produced over 50 productions, including 27 world premieres and 10 North American premieres, the company is considered to be one of English Canada's most important original creation and touring organizations.


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